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Grateful Dead Live at Autzen Stadium, U. of Oregon on 1990-06-23


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Feel Like A Stranger-> West L.A. Fadeaway, Me & My Uncle, Cumberland Blues, Far From Me, They Love Each Other, Cassidy, Tennessee Jed, Promised Land Eyes Of The World, Looks Like Rain-> Crazy Fingers-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Morning Dew, E: One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date June 23, 1990
Venue Autzen Stadium, U. of Oregon
Location Eugene, OR

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Reviews

Reviewer: steelhead420 - - June 23, 2013
Subject: Best show of the summer
So glad to read that this show is getting the love/recognition it truly deserves. saw everything from Carson through Tinley Park and this was the ONE (Deer Creek #1 = close runnerup).
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - - June 15, 2013
Subject: finally
Finally has typed what i've been thinking for a long time. the late 89 through 90 tour was some of the best Dead ever. I don't disagree at all. I saw my first show 12/1/79 my first tour was Spring 85 and this period is still my favorite at least music wise. these 2 shows were killer although this my favorite of the 2 at a killer venue great end to the West coast run before Summer Tour started
Reviewer: h2orush - - November 15, 2012
Subject: The best show I ever saw....
After years of listening to all 150 shows I saw from 86-90, this is the one.....

I was 20, and it was summer off from college in Colorado....

We had gone to Cal Expo a few weeks before, then seen 2 smoking hot Garcia band shows on 6-12-13 at the Warfield.....Can't remember why i didn't go to Shoreline, think I went mountainering....

Arrived in Eugene with Elise....I will never foregt being throughly in love, and staring into her eyes for hours after this show and sleeping on a bike path in the bushes somewhere near a friends house....

The show- I could rave about it all, but the Eyes of the world is just so incredible...

The boys come out for set II and Jerry is ready...He starts noodling into Eyes with incredible little licks...amazing...then the drummers roll right in into a beatifully flowy moment.....Everyone is ON, and its perfect....

Garcia's lick at 1:08 gives me chills everytime...I have heard it a hundred times at least....The drummers weave an incredible rthtyhm throughtout the tune, and garcia goes to his Midi later in the jam....Beautiful.

The LLR is also a mindblower, with crackling thunder effects towards the end and an ultra inspired Bobby...

I remember there was this bouncy green astro-turf on the field at the stadium; Bouncing on it during that LLR and it felt like it was a mini trampoline....

Other highlights are a killer Cassidy and a monumental Morning Dew...T

his was the absolute height of the Dead.....I know some will disagree. My favorite years are like 71, 74, 76-77, 82, select 84, and 87.....But the run up from 89 into 90 before Brent died, was the peak in my opinion. This show captures the magic that was....
Reviewer: St. of Circumstance - - May 5, 2012
Subject: Uninspired????
Whatever! Me and My Uncle > Cumberland says it all. Love how everyone is expecting 'Big river', and you can hear it take a couple of seconds for it to click (for the crowd); very sweet! 'Uninspired' my ass..this show is very inspired and a top five of a great (last Brent) run. most shows in Spring/Summer '90 were four stars (playing quality); this is a five. Sound is a five also. Don't remember if this is a CM production or not, but sending out love to him anyway.
Reviewer: njpg - - May 3, 2011
Subject: Uninspired
This was my 16th show & I had a pretty good time: nice weather, great venue, etc. As for the show, everything is played competently, but it's one of the most uninspired performances I've heard the Dead give. There's hardly any "edge" anywhere (that tension-resolution dynamic that's so hard to derscribe), as if they're just going through the motions. They also didn't pull anything out, more evidence that they just didn't really feel all that into it: it's a greatest hits show, with everything OK but nothing really hitting all that great.
Reviewer: Green Warbler - - October 14, 2010
Subject: Eyes Alone Make it Worth It
This show SMOKES. Best '90 Eyes or close to it, thunderously transcendent. Sharp matrix sound quality. LLR > Crazy Fingers is gorgeous and that comes from not a huge fan of LLR. Playin >UJB >Pl is spacey yet concise, good for a party 'cuz it keeps you moving. A great example of how outstanding Brent's playing was right before his untimely end.
Reviewer: BIG_R - - September 30, 2009
Subject: 6-23-90
Grate show. Wonderful matrix recording. Phil drops bombs all over the place.
Reviewer: Sviatapolk - - August 3, 2009
Subject: LOOKS LIKE RAIN!
The whole pre-drums of set II is astounding, though I would say the climax of Looks Like Rain is truly one of those great moments in Grateful Dead History. Bobby, Jerry, Brent, and Mickey feed off each other, and the energy level improbably increases to a beautiful climax. I could listen to those 3 minutes over and over again.
Reviewer: jakagreg - - July 11, 2008
Subject: Last time I saw Brent
I worked at a local cafe in Eugene and an hour prior to the show, managed to get a few drops of special magic and commenced to fry brains all day. After the Stranger opener, I bumped into a friend and she said What's up? I said, wow, great show, guess I'll go home, she said, the show just started. We looked at the stage and were unable to determine of the band was playing or not. I could not tell if I was sitting down or standing. The Eugene football team was working security and while wandering the stadium, I fell in behind one of these jocks with a white Tshirt and the word SECURITY across his back. I couldn't leave him, just locked on ike it was all I could do to save my sanity. West LA swirled like a giant stadium stew, churning and stirring up like a trippy magic witches potion. Wheel had ringing chandeliers of sound, just mond blowing at the time. It was very hot that day, I fried all day and rode my bike home, just DONE OVER by the Dead once again. Thanks boys, you were the best!
Reviewer: lear55 - - August 6, 2007
Subject: Goodness.
The Eugene run was my first Grateful Dead show. It took place during a summer off, and I was between my third and forth years of college. Heavens, seventeen years ago. By Jove, the Boys put on what I later identified as a Homeric performance (if Achilles had an iPod, right?). All was in place. How did I know anyway, it was my first run, but all was clearly made evident. I never saw such a thing, and I doubt that I ever will, and I even attended a score of other Dead shows thereafter. Eugene in 1990 was Something Special. Kesey wandering the grounds. Uncle Bobo on patrol. Strange hissing emissions from the campground (we could camp there too!). And, we get to keep this wonderful recording, and yes, I agree that this one of the best shows of the Era. Keep this recording close.
Reviewer: barongsong - - August 3, 2007
Subject: 25th anniversary
They pulled out the biggest of guns here because this was the Semi-official 25th anniversary party. Saw the whole run of the west coast shows and with Keasey and Uncle Bobo running around the parking lot plus the 2:00 start made for some really fun parties after the show. The recording here gets only 4 and half stars because of a couple of glitches in an otherwise super-crisp sounding show. The show it self however is 5 stars hands down. The thing that struck me most about this performance is the way Jerry is leading the band and everyone is listening with intensity, making for some of the smoothest song transitions I've heard yet. They find the groove in the first 10 seconds of Stranger and it builds from there. Not a mediocre song in the bunch and several top tier contenders. I'll mention also since most of the other songs of note have been hit upon that the drums will blow your mind as well as a very sweet Wheel that has a nice slower tempo for a change. Anyway I'm going to rate this 5 stars which should leave this show where it belongs at 4 and a half stars.
Reviewer: BryanE - - August 3, 2007
Subject: Crystal Clear
This sounds so crisp! Five stars would be an absolutely, flawlessly perfect show, but this one comes REALLY close.

Is it just me, or does it seem like they always brought out the big guns when they played Eugene?
Reviewer: Funkalicious - - June 12, 2007
Subject: looks like a winner
Hands down the best looks like rain ever! Jerry's runs combined with mickey's thunder drum are magical. Rest of the show is almost as hot.
Reviewer: johnnycomelately - - June 18, 2006
Subject: not my favorite
Great West LA but the entire rest of the set is just not my favorite group of songs - well played, just not a great list for me. That's ok though, these songs are others' favorites.
Reviewer: lpenoza - - April 18, 2006
Subject: Sacred Ground for the GD
This is a show worthy of 5 stars. There is a special quality to the sound of the GD between 1989 and summer 1990, and if you're looking here, you are likely to understand. This recording is phenomenal, and it's really too bad we can no longer download it. They will probably never release this show officially, and so here it sits in limbo. I was at the whole run of western shows from Cal Expo, Shoreline, and Eugene just topped them all. This town was sacred land for the GD/Prankster Galaxy, and if you ever went there you know. How often did you see Bill Graham trucking around shows outside the Bay Area? Some sort of *magick* got into everyone including the band and crew. The band is on as if they had been rehearsing. PITB->UJB->PITB is just fantastic for any era. The sound here is tremendous, with a nearly perfect sonic balance (marred only by a few minor splices). I hope enough people d'l'ed this while it was available so it can be spread around. Either that or make it an official release - this is a keeper.
Reviewer: WIF - - October 30, 2005
Subject: Perfection in a killer locale before a slow demise
This show has always stood out for me as one of the giants of 1990 - which was an outstanding year despite quite a bit of turmoil for the band. I had just seen 3 Cal Expo, 2 JGB at the Warfield and 3 Shoreline and this was the BEST of the entire 1990 summer west coast run.

The entire show from start to finish is fantastic - especially the 2nd set - and if you were there like I was and felt the incredible vibe on a beautiful Saturday afternoon which included Little Feat opening - it would not be something you would forget despite more than 15 years having passed.

Thanks much to who put this up - brings back a lot of great memories. Download this - it a great SBD! Trust me, you'll really dig it!
Reviewer: cge - - September 5, 2005
Subject: fun
21st birthday, with two beautiful girls, achieved perfect chemical equilibrium, perfect day, by far the largest venue I ever saw the band in, but Eugene rocks, and living there then, we had the best party in town afterwards with DMT from PDX. Great show, great day, never forget.
Reviewer: Yukon John - - August 21, 2005
Subject: Killer show
Bill Graham handed out garbage bags in the lot, Ken Kesey drove his new bus 'furthur' to the show and played the Thunder Machine during Looks Like Rain, the only Playing>UJB>Playing I ever saw, beautiful sunny Oregon afternoon, awesome show on an awesome day, those heady days of summer '90.
Reviewer: direwolf600 - - August 13, 2005
Subject: Set II Perfection
First of all, the mix and recording for this show are stellar. 5 stars for sure. The music simply pops.
In the first set the Me and My Uncle>Cumberland is well done. I know alot of you don't care for Brent tunes but how can you say no to this passionate rendition of Far From Me. The Cassidy is worth a mention. Overall average first set for the year.
The second set is heartwarming, fist-pumping, Jerry winking, platinum. Listening to it sometimes leaves me unable to listen to anything else for 10 minutes or so. I have to sit without music for awhile and reflect on how good it was. The eyes is wonderful, the L.L.Rain is one of my favorties. Jerry's tone falls more to an spring 1981 flavor for it. The next segment has to be one of the better 1990 musicical webs.

Crazy Fingers-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Morning Dew

The L.L. rain flows into Crazy Fingers but belongs with the Eyes when discussing the show. Crazy Fingers through Dew is stunning. You have to hear it. I won't attempt describing highs and lows. Its late era dead with all their cards down. Everyone in the band is on and hearing eachother and I'd imagine having a blast. That is all.
Reviewer: utopian - - July 23, 2005
Subject: nice
very good quality

summer 90 was a great tour, expo was very hot and these are right up there with the best of the year.

robert
Reviewer: secret8476 - - July 8, 2005
Subject: Awesome Rain
I just listened to the Looks Like Rain and it is incredible - Great sound!! My opinion - ya cant go wrong with most shows between 90-91. Its actually hard pressed to find bad ones imho.
I cant wait to hear the rest of this.

Never heard em do the Thunder sound effects to Looks Like Rain - its jus awesome.
Reviewer: Thad - - June 23, 2005
Subject: 6-23-90 number one for me
My first show. And I never recovered from it . . . thank God!

Simply an amazing experience.

50,000 squirming souls and the power of the living and Dead oozing from the PA.
Reviewer: budfox - - April 27, 2005
Subject: summer 90'
Monster show. Killer recording that perfectly captures the thick Bass heavy sound that summer. Much looser and more vibe than the technical prowess on display that spring Be careful Looks Like Rain and its thunder effects can fry lesser speakers if you Have a woofer sit back and enjoy cause Phil is on. Mega ton bombs all over the place. Top notch performance throughout standouts for me personaly West.LA, Cassidy , TLEO, Looks Like Rain, Eyes, and a Smoking Uncle Johns Band. IMHO and quite a few others Best Show of the year.
Reviewer: Row Jimmy - - April 7, 2005
Subject: niccccce
Funny, but I dont remember this show being that smooth. Eugene always brought out great things from the boys. The Cassidy on this recording is absolutely velvet. Very nice sound on the recording as well. One of the best sounding 90 shows. I was recently back in Eugene and drove past Autzen, and Mac court, and the memories came flooding back, great shows, great pizza from Track Town, and great Oregon people. I miss it.
Reviewer: bonk - - March 18, 2005
Subject: its all 'bout the Eyes
This Eyes was absolutly smooth.I was in the 5 row center and just remember Jer looking at Brent throughout the eyes.Just playing off each other.Listen to the Slow,jazzy into ala 10/20/74!
This is a five star!!!!
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - - February 25, 2005
Subject: Nearvana
These Eugene shows were the closest I ever came to GD nirvana - the town hospitable, the stadium not too cavernous, the crowd loving every minute of it and the band seriously on point. Fav shows of the year.
Reviewer: cheyler - - October 6, 2004
Subject: Show 5 : Sound 4
If I had to choose two shows that encapsulate the Dead at the height of their powers in 1990, the two days in Eugene would be the ones. The playing, the song selection, the flow of energy from one song to the next, each of these shows is perfect in its own way. You get every song you could want too (except Dark Star but I didn't care for Dark Star in 1990). The first show in particular is just incredible. Feel Like A Stranger is well-jammed, Far From Me is especially poignant considering what would happen in a month, Cassidy is my favorite all-time version - very intense jam. Eyes is very well-paced and interesting throughout and Looks Like Rain (not my favorite song) is exceptional. Crazy Fingers is always welcome, the Playing isn't particularly memorable but UJB is excellent. The final highlight is Morning Dew, but as I said the energy and flow is perfect and all tunes are enjoyable and fit in nicely.
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